UNLV SEEKS HISTORIC VICTORY


It's difficult for most Rebel fans to remember the last time UNLV's football team won consecutive games.

Perhaps that's because it's kind of a trick question.

The last time UNLV won two straight games was actually not that long ago. The Rebels won the final game of the 2006 season — a win over Air Force — and the first game of the 2007 season  — a victory over Utah State.

However, the last time UNLV won two straight games in one season was 2004. UNLV defeated UNR at home before winning at Brigham Young the next week.

But do you remember the last time the Rebels won two straight games against BCS-conference teams, as they will attempt to do Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium?

If you say yes, you're a liar.

Never in the history of the program has the feat been accomplished.

But with Pac-10 foe Arizona State out of the way last week and Iowa State of the Big 12 on its way into town, the opportunity is there.

In fact, UNLV has never defeated two schools from what are now referred to as "BCS conferences" in the same year.

Never.

With last week's win, the Rebels now have nine total victories against such schools in program history, but no two have ever come in the same season.

UNLV also seeks its first win over Iowa State. The Rebels are 0-4 all-time against the Cyclones.